On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 3:12:13 PM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
On 6/12/2018 4:49 PM, James wrote:
On 13/06/18 04:33, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:18:45 AM UTC-4, Joerg wrote:
On 2018-06-11 19:24, Frank Krygowski wrote:
Unlike you, my braking is not a constant series of "last
emergencies. On that ride, as on all others, I planned
ahead and slowed
sufficiently with ease. I probably came to a complete
stop only a few
times during that ride home.
The main concern here is loose dogs running into your
path, from ranches
and other properties. Sometimes from behind bushes. Then
there are wild
animals, some of which would easily win first prize for
stupidity. They look you in the eyes _while_ running
straight into your
path. How do you plan ahead for that? Who is your crystal
My first seven years of avid adult cycling were in a small
town and the
surrounding countryside in the U.S. deep south. That's a
place where loose dogs
abounded and had as many rights as people; just ask their
It was abnormal to do a bike ride and not be chased by at
least one dog. On
many rides we were chased as often as once per mile. We
were chased by packs
of as many as 12 dogs. And for extra spice, there were
times we defended
ourselves from attacking dogs (perhaps by using Halt or
throwing rocks) and
owners yelled at us "You leave my dog alone!"
I know all about dogs chasing bikes. Yet I never recall a
necessitated by a dog. That's more Joergian fantasy.
My wife collided with a dog that suddenly changed direction
and ran in front of her on a shared path. She went over the
Last week when I left home early in the morning, I had one
wallaby cross the road right in front of me while its mate
bounded along the road beside me before turning away, and
then another took fright at me passing and (thankfully)
darted away rather than across the road in front of me - as
they are prone to do.
My brother was with a bunch where a wallaby tried to go
under another rider's bicycle. That didn't end well. A
kangaroo was videoed recently bounding into a cyclist on a
road near Brisbane, IIRC. A local fellow was taken off his
motorcycle recently, by a wallaby that collided with his
bike on a corner within 100m of our house.
I'm not saying it happens often. Rare actually. But it
I've hit the brakes a few times recently in fear of a
wallaby trying to escape in front of me. I take it as a
part of the environment in which I live.
Your environment is obviously different.
Although 'bravely fought to second place with a mountain
lion' would be a great tombstone, lesser critters wreak
their revenge on humans from time to time:
Having (presumably) disc brakes on the motorcycle didn't help in avoiding the turkey.
Braking power is rarely the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZrxyijba50
BTW, here is a super-dangerous Cameron Park killer turkey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIuFsUj4Tew
Joerg doesn't need powerful brakes, he needs ninja fighting skills -- or maybe one of those pocket shotguns. https://heizerdefense.com/2015/05/20/ps1/ Load up some .410 rounds with rock salt for the dogs, snakes, motorcyclists, etc., etc. He can keep it in his shorts pocket or somewhere in the panniers, near the CPR mask and the IV stand.
-- Jay Beattie.
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